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Arthur Cantabella
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The Storyteller
Mr. Storyteller
Sir Storyteller
Occupation President of Labrelum Inc.
Creator and ruler of Labyrinthia
Names in other languages
Japanese (romanization written with the given name first) リテラスタ カタルーシア (Riterasuta Katarucia) (equivalent of Arthur Cantabella)
ストーリー テラー (Story Teller) (equivalent of the Storyteller)
French Roman Novella (equivalent of Arthur Cantabella)
Le Narrateur (equivalent of the Storyteller)
German Louis de Narrateur (equivalent of Arthur Cantabella)
Der Schöpfer (lit. the Creator; equivalent of the Storyteller)
Spanish Arthur Fable (equivalent of Arthur Cantabella)
El Narrador (equivalent of the Storyteller)
Italian Dedalus Minstrel (equivalent of Arthur Cantabella)
Il Narratore (equivalent of the Storyteller)
Dutch Arthur Cantabella
De Verteller (equivalent of the Storyteller)
Biological information
(this is for age comparison purposes, and so may look odd; click on the question mark for details)? Unknown
(as recorded in court record profiles and case files) Unknown
Status (last known) Alive
Eye color Grey
Hair color White
Height (from official guidebooks) ??? cm
Family An unnamed wife (deceased)
Espella Cantabella (daughter)
Friends Newton Belduke (childhood friend; deceased)
Hoot (pet owl)
Affiliates Darklaw (subordinate)
Zacharias Barnham (subordinate)
English Robert Ashby
Japanese (romanization written with the given name first) Masashi Hirose
French Bruno Magne
German Detlef Bierstedt
Spanish Pepe Antequera
Italian Riccardo Rovatti
Debut episode Mysterious Labyrinthia
Leitmotif "The Storyteller's Theme - Parade -"
"The Audience Room"
"The Storyteller's Tower"
I've been waiting for you, Hershel Layton.

Arthur Cantabella, better known as the Storyteller, was the creator and ruler of Labyrinthia. He supposedly had the ability to make whatever story he wrote come to pass in the real world.


The Storyteller is intelligent, creative, and obsessive, having made it his goal in life to save his daughter from her self-imposed mental trauma by any means necessary. He is also something of a control freak, growing upset when he discovered Layton was introduced to Labyrinthia with his memories intact and sending robotic knights to attack him (not realizing that Darklaw had long hijacked the Story). Despite seemingly displaying a cold attitude towards his daughter Espella, in reality he cares immensely about her, the entire Labyrinthia Project having been created solely to treat her delusions and depression. 


  • His given name in the Japanese version is "Riterasuta" (リテラスタ), which is a play on the English word "literature".
  • "Arthur" is a play on "author", while "Cantabella" is derived from his original Japanese surname as well as from the Italian for "sings" (canta) and "beauty" (bella); these meanings are more likely meant to be intended for his daughter. "Cantabella" may also be derived from "bell", in a similar manner to the surname of his friend Newton Belduke.
  • His French given name, "Roman", comes from the French word for "novel", while his surname "Novella" means "story" in Italian.
  • His German given name, "Louis", is the French form of "Ludwig". "Ludwig" comes from the Old High German words for "famous" and "fight", which is fitting considering that he rules, and is the most famous person in, Labyrinthia. His surname "de Narrateur" is French for "of narrator". Since the Storyteller's full name isn't revealed until late in the game while Espella's is known from the start, this likely meant to be a hint of the relationship between the two.
  • His Spanish surname "Fable" comes from the English word for a story with a moral or lesson.

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